1. FSV Mainz 05 – the club
Emotional, fair and familial – this is what 1. FSV Mainz 05 is known for among football fans. The club as a clear philosophy that is key not only on the pitch, but in the club life as well. 1. FSV Mainz 05 became an established Bundesliga club with solid financials, strong ties to the community, countless charitable activities, and great continuity in the club’s leadership. 1. FSV Mainz 05 stands for a real success story in German professional football. During its many years in the second league, the club has evolved from a mousy small union to one of the most popular, most colorful clubs in Germany. It all started to change for 1. FSV Mainz 05 when Juergen Klopp, who was an injured player at that time, became the head coach of the professional team in 2001. With him on the sidelines, the club who constantly feared relegation from the second league into the third, became successful on the pitch, even fighting for the promotion spots to the Bundesliga. The club missed promotion twice in a highly dramatic fashion, but did not stray from their way of playing football and was rewarded with the fans’ sympathy. When 1. FSV Mainz 05 managed to finally promote to the Bundesliga in 2004, not only the whole city was standing behind the club, but also the vast majority of football fans in Germany, as the fairness of the team, the good spirit of the fans and the perseverance of 1. FSV Mainz 05 despite the tragedy of missing promotion twice impressed everyone.
Even when 1. FSV Mainz 05 demoted to the second league again after three years in the Bundesliga in 2007 and the end of the era of Juergen Klopp in Mainz, the fans‘ sympathy was still strong. 2009, 1. FSV Mainz 05 was back in the Bundesliga and with coach Thomas Tuchel, another great coaching talent was found. Tuchel, who worked as a youth coach with 1. FSV Mainz 05 and managed to lead the Under-19s to victory in the German Championship, led 1. FSV Mainz 05 to the most successful seasons in the history of the club. 2011, the team generated a sensation when winning overall 5th in the Bundesliga and qualifying for the European League. That same year, the Coface Arena was built. The new stadium allows 34.000 Fans to watch the games of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the stands of this modern, yet traditional football arena.
Next to the professional football team, 1. FSV Mainz 05 offers much more. The youth center for young football talents is one of the most renowned in Germany. With its many social activities and its charity club “Mainz 05 hilft e. V.”, 1. FSV Mainz 05 has strong ties in the community. Despite all the changes over the years, 1. FSV Mainz 05 remained true to its philosophy.